How much more fitting could a name be for a restaurant? Eat, "a breakfast and lunch joint", is located in the heart of downtown Las Vegas. Open everyday from 8a.m. to 3p.m(8-2p.m. on Sundays), located on Carson Ave, this little venue packs a big punch when it comes to fine dining and presents healthy, gourmet selections at a more neighborly price.
Natalie Young, Owner and Chef, certainly isn't a novice when it comes to the culinary arts world. She has been in the industry for over 20 years, working along side notable celebrity chefs, such as Mark Miller of Coyote Cafe, located in Santa Fe, New Mexico and John Joho of Eiffel Tower, a restaurant located not too far from Eat, on the strip at the Paris Hotel & Casino. Young opened this restaurant with the idea that stemmed from a lifelong passion for food, the desire for excellence and the love of her community and her yearning to give back. The motto of Eat is "Good food for good people, made with love in Downtown Las Vegas", so it's quite telling how much she cares and it shows through her delicious cooking.
Eat provides the freshest ingredients that are sustainable, organic and locally sourced. Young's vision is to provide "simple, soulful, quality of food for her friends and neighbors". American comfort classics with a French twist are the driving force behind the menu options. The sweet and savory choice of Beignets served with homeade jam and vanilla scented marscapone cream, is served daily until 11 am. Other, more savory options are the Chilaquiles, scrambled eggs paired with jalepeno mango sausage, corn tortilla chips, cheddar, blended with red and green peppers or the Truffled Egg Sandwich, which houses two farm fresh scrambled eggs, wild mushrooms, chives, feta, bacon, and potatoes, all delivered on a soft ciabatta bun.
The Arugula Salad, one of many scrumptious salads presented here, is a light and simple blend of parmisiano reggiano, toasted almonds, oven roasted tomatoes and lemon herb vinagrette. All salads come with the option of chicken, shrimp or no meat at all. Pair all of this with the Free Range Chicken Sandwich, or pair the sandwich with potato chips or a lightly sweet tomato salad.
Eating smart is one of the Eat Philosophies that is honored here and is a passion of the staff and the belief that sharing knowledge with like minded people and people interested in the skills offered here is a great way to grow the local, organic mind set, that eating better doesn't have to come with sacrifice, it's making better food choices.
What sets Eat apart is that nurturing the soul comes from good food, art, and music. Natalie Young is also her own restaurant's curator for local artists to display their unique art on Eat's wall. As someone who appreciates the arts, she also features them on her website and sells them. This is a great to nurture the community to come together through good food and art.
Young shows no signs of stopping. Her love for her neighborhood and the support she has recieved has been growing in only the short amount of time since Eat first opened. “I’ve done really well in Vegas, but I’ve done so cooking for an exclusive, largely tourist clientele. I want to bring that same level of quality—fine, fresh food that tastes as good as it looks—to a more low key, local audience; to my community.” In keeping within the community mindset and knowing what makes people happy, Eat is here to stay.